Rehabilitation Medicine - Acute Medical Rehabilitation
- Physical Therapy
- Physical therapy is concerned with building the greatest degree of overall muscle strength possible, identifying movement potential, and setting goals to achieve the greatest degree of independence possible. Physical exercise is used to regain balance, flexibility, mobility and self-confidence.
- Occupational Therapy
- Occupational therapy refers to the use of productive and creative activity in the treatment or rehabilitation of individuals who have suffered from illness or injury. The goal is to help patients regain the fine motor skills and self-esteem needed to perform simple tasks of daily living as independently as possible.
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Speech therapy addresses speech production, vocal production, swallowing difficulties and language needs. Speech therapy not only helps you recover the ability to speak through various exercises and attention to what produces sound, but also trains you in being able to swallow again following stroke or another disabling condition. Many times, this form of therapy can help improve memory and problem solving skills, as well as reteach you how to focus and keep your attention on tasks.
- VitalStim Therapy
- VitalStim Therapy uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing to treat swallowing disorders. A small, carefully calibrated current is delivered by specially designed electrodes, which stimulates motor nerves in the throat. The muscles responsible for swallowing contract, and the quality of the swallowing function improves.
Fiber-optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) assesses swallowing without X-rays. An ear, nose and throat doctor or a speech-language pathologist passes a small, flexible, custom-designed scope through the nose and into the middle of the throat. Attached to the scope is to a tiny camera, which allows the clinician to record pictures of the throat and voice box as patients swallow liquid and foods.
During the test, the speech-language pathologist may ask the patient to try various postures, such as tucking in the chin, to determine if changes improve swallowing. A FEES also provides information on how well a person swallows secretions - or identifies if secretions, liquids, or foods are aspirated (go into the airway). No preparation is necessary.
- Respiratory Therapy
- Social Services
- Others, as needed